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Two Jane Austen aficionados join forces to plumb the many themes, undercurrents, and references to the body in Austen’s novels. Medical doctor Cheryl Kinney diagnoses “Austen-itis” as the recurrent use of sickness, health, frailty, and injury to develop Austen’s characters, drive her plots, and establish the comedic side of characters’ suffering. University of Chicago comparative literature and philosophy scholar Elisabeth Lenckos focuses on Austen and intelligent love; she inspects the notion of the “desiring body” and physical expressiveness in Austen’s work. Together, Dr. Kinney and Lenckos celebrate the complexity and enduring popularity of this Romantic writer.
This program is presented in partnership with the Jane Austen Society of North America / Greater Chicago Region.